North Country native tabbed to lead Watertown Rapids front office
Watertown, NY - March 21, 2018 - A Potsdam native and former Jefferson Community College Cannoneer is returning to the North Country to help bring baseball back to the Alex Duffy Fairgrounds.
The Watertown Rapids have announced that Brandon Noble will join the team’s front office as it moves towards building its first season. After a year’s absence, summer baseball returns to the Fairgrounds on June 2nd as part of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, and the front office is being led by Noble, a product of Jefferson Community College’s Sport Management Program. He played first base for coach John Northrop’s Cannoneers, before going on to SUNY Cortland where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Sport Management. He grew up in Potsdam, playing baseball and hockey for the Sandstoners.
Noble said he’s excitement to be a part of the Rapids organization: “I’m thrilled for this opportunity to return to the place where my career in the sports industry began. I’ve seen first-hand how close the North Country community is, and the support in my short time being back has been tremendous. I firmly believe in the path that owners Mike Schell and Paul Velte have laid out for baseball success in Watertown, which made my decision to return an easy one.”
Noble’s experience in Sport Management most recently was with the Greenville, S.C. Swamp Rabbits of the East Coast Hockey League. He has also worked with the Auburn Doubledays of the N.Y. Penn League, and spent a summer here at the “Duffy Dome” as an intern with the Watertown Bucks.
Rapids co-owner Mike Schell welcomed Noble home to the North Country saying “Brandon’s North Country roots and experience will be a great asset to the team. Thanks to JCC and Cortland, he’s had the benefit of some of the best sport management education in the country, and also has some great practical experience.”
“Brandon was a committed student who accelerated his path in professional sports by taking advantage of every educational and extracurricular opportunity we had to offer,” said JCC Assistant Professor Anthony Burgess. “His experiences at SUNY Cortland and with the Swamp Rabbits has provided him with the tools necessary to ensure future success as the Rapids begin their inaugural season.
The JCC Sport Management program is excited to have an alumnus working in such a high profile position on the local sports scene, and we look forward to the continued partnership, especially for our future students.”
JCC Head Baseball Coach and Assistant Athletic Director John Northrop also added this about Noble. “Our Baseball program and Athletic Department are excited for the opportunity Brandon has with the Watertown Rapids. Noble worked extremely hard during his two years in our program and was a pleasure to coach. He was a responsible, well-respected, goal orientated student-athlete that you could always count on. Having ties to summer baseball in Watertown, I feel excited to have one of our former players working inside the front office and look forward to their inaugural season this summer.”
He will serve as Rapids General Manager, joining Assistant General Manager Madeline Hoyle, and field manager David Anderson on staff.
The Rapids inaugural Opening Day game at the Fairgrounds in Watertown will be Saturday, June 2 at 7:05pm. Season Tickets and 10-Pack Tickets are on sale now. The Rapids are seeking Host Families for the 2018 summer. Being a Host Family is a great experience, easier than you may think, and Host Families receive free season tickets. The Rapids can be reached at 315-836-1545 or firstname.lastname@example.org.